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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: May 2, 2012 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: live album advice for a youngen...

Maybe give it a month and try volume 8 again. It actually didn't hit me at first. That show really exhibits Jerry's insane guitar playing. Choice cuts (mine anyway):

The other one - they play it at breakneck speed, it's raw, dirty, muscular, and culminates in an absolutely mind-blowing climax. If you were impatient, you could skip both "cryptical envelopment"s and the drums track.

Good Lovin - Allow yourself to cringe at the horrific vocals at the beginning, and about 5 minutes in, after the drum solo (or duet, I guess), it gets crazy. Closer to the end, Jerry plays all by himself (accompanied by drums only), truly one of the greatest moments for him ever captured on tape. Listen closely all the way through and I sincerely doubt you will be disappointed.

Dancin in the Streets - Again, wait for the painful vocals to subside, and this evolves into a truly transcendent jam. Jerry's guitar playing is perhaps at its best on this track. Fast, fluid, inventive.


If you liked DP 12, though, I would suggest the 6/18/74 concert, some of the best moments of which are captured on Road trips vol. 2 no. 3. Also you MUST get dick's picks volume 31, from 8/4-6/74. I love that period, and those are more shows from it.

6/23/74 is also special, and that's available on the archive.